Masfjorden

During the World War II German occupation, a Norwegian army unit operated from a base in the Matrefjella mountains at the head of Masfjorden. They had limited air support and accessed the base on foot using the old trail Stegane. Built to access the mountain farm Kringlebotn, Stegane is a remarkable feet of 19th-century engineering…

Lindas

The narrow and shallow channels leading into the large basins near Lindas, Norway are subject to strong tidal currents, making entry difficult for larger displacement vessels at other than slack water. The entry was important enough that a saltwater lock was completed in 1908 to allow steamships to enter at any stage of the tide….

Hogafjellet

2,812-ft (857 m) Hogafjellet is the highest mountain on the island Osteroy, with great views from the summit. A further appeal for us in making the hike was several technical aspects en route, including ladders, boardwalks, bridges and staircases. We also walked under two power station penstocks, and passed three dams and two sets of…

What happen?

We’ve had quite a few people asking why the crew hasn’t posted a blog entry in weeks. There’s not much happening. The days have been much of the same with the main excitement being when Mom and Dad bring in a pizza.

Like every stop, the crew finds a routine. Brunswick Landing Marina has a new dog park and we’ve been going nearly every morning. 

On the down side, there is rarely more than the Red Head crew there. Dora loves lots of dog. But on the upside, it means Dee Dee gets to romp. (More on Dee Dee in a future post.) The two girls have developed a good playing relationship, finally, which has led to some cute play sessions on the boat as well.

Everyone is doing fine. We hope to move south soon. The crew is looking forward to the next stop which has another terrific dog park. Why else did Mom and Dad pick it…

Stamnshella

The village of Stamnshella, at the mouth of the Bolstadfjorden, has been a church site since the early 14th century. Today the village lies on highway 569, connecting Bergen to the island of Osteroy via bridges over the Bolstadfjorden and the Veafjorden. We’d driven along a portion of the Bolstadfjorden on our 2018 day trip…

Bruvik

Besides being a sheltered and appealing anchorage, another reason we’d stopped at Bruvik was to climb 1,920-ft (585m) Bruviknipa. The hike is one of the most popular on the island of Osteroy because of its fabulous fjord landscape views. The views from the top were excellent, and we also very much enjoyed the hike over…

Hardangerfjord to Osteroy

After two months of near-continuous cruising in Norway, we’d covered 640 miles and made 33 stops. Yet we had only reached Bergen, a mere 102 miles north of our port of entry at Stavanger. The Norwegian coast is a complex and interesting one, with a seemingly endless number of high-quality anchorages and attractions. We departed…

Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord is the second longest fjord in Norway, at 96 nautical miles long, and the fourth longest in the world. The fjord extends in an inverted ‘V’ shape, extending roughly 60 miles northeast into mainland Norway, and then running another 30 miles southeast to its terminus at the town of Odda, with fabulous scenery en…

Once Again, The Sun Rises

  There were times I thought it never would again.  Congratulations, America Nordhavn 57-26 Istaboa

Norheimsund

Steinsdalsfossen is one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway because you can walk behind it and out to the other side. The falls are easily reachable on foot from the harbour at Norheimsund, along a loop trail that circles the lake Movatnet. After visiting the Hardanger Akvasenter fish farm and touring Fyksesund in the…